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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,580 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Eudora Welty Narrator: Eudora Welty Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Optimist’s Daughter is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her father is dying. After his death, she and her silly young stepmother go back still farther, to the small Mississippi town where she grew up. Alone in the old house, Laurel finally comes to an understanding of the past, herself, and her parents.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautifully written, moving but never mawkish, The Optimist’s Daughter is Eudora Welty’s greatest achievement—which is high praise indeed.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Teri Barrett | 2/17/2014

    " This book is terrible. Very disjointed, characters didn't make sense, their reactions were weird and not enough was explained. Must be one of those books you study in English class, although I wouldn't waste my time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by kerri | 2/13/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book.... i was in a yarn store, when the knitting ladies around a table pulled it out and started reading it outloud. So good, i really love EWelty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chloe | 2/12/2014

    " Thanks Ang it was a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vbledsoe | 2/4/2014

    " I read this book for my book club. Beautifully written. Why do I only have 3 stars? The main character irritated me. I very bad reason for being giving a book 3 stars. "

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